Saturday, 13 June 2009

Yemen denies AlQaeda coming from Pakistan to it

By Nasser Arrabyee/13/06/2009

Yemeni security officials denied reports that some of Al Qaeda operatives in Pakistan had escaped to Yemen.

"These allegations are untrue and baseless, and Yemen is not a safe haven for such terrorists," the defense ministry website ( quoted an unidentified security official as saying Saturday.

The official said that his country is exerting all efforts to combat terrorism and that it is making progress in this field.

"Yemen is supporting all regional and international efforts to combat terrorism," the official said.

He called the media to be accurate and credible and avoid the "untrue leaks" that aim to offend Yemen or to achieve some special goals of those behind them.

On Friday June12th , 2009, the New York Times quoted American officials as say they are seeing the first evidence that dozens of fighters with Al Qaeda, and a small handful of the terrorist group’s leaders, are moving to Somalia and Yemen from their principal haven in Pakistan’s tribal areas.

"In communications that are being watched carefully at the Pentagon, the White House and the Central Intelligence Agency, the terrorist groups in all three locations are now communicating more frequently, and apparently trying to coordinate their actions," the paper quoted the unidentified officials as saying.

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